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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806705/multiparametric-monitoring-of-microbial-faecal-pollution-reveals-the-dominance-of-human-contamination-along-the-whole-danube-river
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A K T Kirschner, G H Reischer, S Jakwerth, D Savio, S Ixenmaier, E Toth, R Sommer, R L Mach, R Linke, A Eiler, S Kolarevic, A H Farnleitner
The microbial faecal pollution of rivers has wide-ranging impacts on a variety of human activities that rely on appropriate river water quality. Thus, detailed knowledge of the extent and origin of microbial faecal pollution is crucial for watershed management activities to maintain safe water use. In this study, the microbial faecal pollution levels were monitored by standard faecal indicator bacteria (SFIB) along a 2580 km stretch of the Danube, the world's most international river, as well as the Danube's most important tributaries...
July 22, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805994/monitoring-photosynthetic-activity-in-microalgal-cells-by-raman-spectroscopy-with-deuterium-oxide-as-a-tracking-probe
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Yusuke Yonamine, Yuta Suzuki, Takuro Ito, Yoshiko Miura, Keisuke Goda, Yasuyuki Ozeki, Yu Hoshino
Microalgae offer great potential for biofuel production, but high photosynthetic activity is demanded for practical realization of microalgal biofuels. To this end, it is essential to evaluate the photosynthetic activity of single microalgal cells in a heterogeneous population. In this study, we present a method for monitoring photosynthetic activity of microalgae (in particular Euglena gracilis, a microalgal species of unicellular, photosynthetic, flagellate protists as our model organism) at single-cell resolution by Raman spectroscopy with deuterium from deuterium oxide (D2O) as a tracking probe...
August 14, 2017: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803941/fast-imaging-for-mapping-dynamic-networks
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Pierre LeVan, Burak Akin, Jürgen Hennig
The development of highly accelerated fMRI acquisition techniques has led to novel possibilities to monitor cerebral activity non-invasively and with unprecedented temporal resolutions. With the emergence of dynamic connectivity and its ability to provide a much richer characterization of brain function compared to static measures, fast fMRI may yet play a crucial role in tracking dynamically varying networks. In spite of the dominance of slow hemodynamic contributions to the BOLD signal, high temporal sampling rates nevertheless improve the measurement of physiological noise, yielding an exceptional sensitivity for the detection of periods of transient connectivity at time scales of a few tens of seconds...
August 10, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803501/men-s-weight-loss-stories-how-personal-confession-responsibility-and-transformation-work-as-social-control
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Danielle Couch, Gil-Soo Han, Priscilla Robinson, Paul Komesaroff
Obesity is considered a public health concern. In Australia, there are a greater number of overweight or obese men compared with women. The media is an important source of information about body weight and weight management. We undertook a qualitative study to analyse men's weight loss stories in a popular men's magazine. Between January 2009 and December 2012, we collected 47 men's weight loss stories from the Australian edition of Men's Health magazine. We undertook thematic analysis to examine the stories...
August 1, 2017: Health (London)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802756/feasibility-of-using-global-system-for-mobile-communication-gsm-based-tracking-for-vaccinators-to-improve-oral-poliomyelitis-vaccine-campaign-coverage-in-rural-pakistan
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Subhash Chandir, Vijay Kumar Dharma, Danya Arif Siddiqi, Aamir Javed Khan
Despite multiple rounds of immunization campaigns, it has not been possible to achieve optimum immunization coverage for poliovirus in Pakistan. Supplementary activities to improve coverage of immunization, such as door-to-door campaigns are constrained by several factors including inaccurate hand-drawn maps and a lack of means to objectively monitor field teams in real time, resulting in suboptimal vaccine coverage during campaigns. Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) - based tracking of mobile subscriber identity modules (SIMs) of vaccinators provides a low-cost solution to identify missed areas and ensure effective immunization coverage...
August 9, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801357/the-autoimmune-risk-variant-ptpn22-c1858t-alters-b-cell-tolerance-at-discrete-checkpoints-and-differentially-shapes-the-naive-repertoire
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Genita Metzler, Xuezhi Dai, Christopher D Thouvenel, Socheath Khim, Tania Habib, Jane H Buckner, David J Rawlings
A common genetic variant in the gene encoding the protein tyrosine phosphatase nonreceptor type 22 (PTPN22 C1858T) has been linked to a wide range of autoimmune disorders. Although a B cell-intrinsic role in promoting disease has been reported, the mechanism(s) through which this variant functions to alter the preimmune B cell repertoire remains unknown. Using a series of polyclonal and transgenic self-reactive models harboring the analogous mutation in murine Ptpn22, we show evidence for enhanced BCR, B cell-activating factor receptor, and CD40 coreceptor programs, leading to broadly enhanced positive selection of B cells at two discrete checkpoints in the bone marrow and spleen...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798204/imaging-igf-i-uptake-in-growth-plate-cartilage-using-in-vivo-multiphoton-microscopy
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Maria A Serrat, Gabriela Ion
Bones elongate through endochondral ossification in cartilaginous growth plates located at ends of primary long bones. Linear growth ensues from a cascade of biochemical signals initiated by actions of systemic and local regulators on growth plate chondrocytes. Although cellular processes are well defined, there is a fundamental gap in understanding how growth regulators are physically transported from surrounding blood vessels into and through dense, avascular cartilage matrix. Intravital imaging using in vivo multiphoton microscopy is one promising strategy to overcome this barrier by quantitatively tracking molecular delivery to cartilage from the vasculature in real time...
August 10, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794802/healthy-lifestyle-intervention-for-adult-clinic-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-mellitus
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Steven S Coughlin, Christos Hatzigeorgiou, Judith Anglin, Ding Xie, Gina M Besenyi, Gianluca De Leo, Jessica Stewart, Thad Wilkins
BACKGROUND: Diet and exercise therapy have been reported to be effective in improving blood glucose control and are an important part of treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus. OBJECTIVE: The goal of this study is to examine the efficacy of a healthy lifestyle intervention for adult clinic patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus, as measured by Hgb-A1c, cardiovascular indicators, physical activity, weight, and BMI. Also of interest are optimal strategies for subject recruitment, the number of intervention sessions attended, and participant use of the Fitbit watch to monitor their physical activity and track food and beverage consumption...
2017: Diabetes Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793288/macrophage-overexpressing-ngal-ameliorated-kidney-fibrosis-in-the-uuo-mice-model
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Roser Guiteras, Anna Sola, Maria Flaquer, Georgina Hotter, Joan Torras, Josep Maria Grinyó, Josep Maria Cruzado
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Alternatively activated macrophages (AAM) have regenerative and anti-inflammatory characteristics. Here, we sought to evaluate whether AAM cell therapy reduces renal inflammation and fibrosis in the unilateral ureteral obstruction (UUO) mice model. METHODS: We stabilized macrophages by adenoviral vector NGAL (Neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin-2) and infused them into UUO mice. To ascertain whether macrophages were capable of reaching the obstructed kidney, macrophages were stained and detected by in vivo cell tracking...
August 9, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792483/monocular-stereo-measurement-using-high-speed-catadioptric-tracking
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Shaopeng Hu, Yuji Matsumoto, Takeshi Takaki, Idaku Ishi
This paper presents a novel concept of real-time catadioptric stereo tracking using a single ultrafast mirror-drive pan-tilt active vision system that can simultaneously switch between hundreds of different views in a second. By accelerating video-shooting, computation, and actuation at the millisecond-granularity level for time-division multithreaded processing in ultrafast gaze control, the active vision system can function virtually as two or more tracking cameras with different views. It enables a single active vision system to act as virtual left and right pan-tilt cameras that can simultaneously shoot a pair of stereo images for the same object to be observed at arbitrary viewpoints by switching the direction of the mirrors of the active vision system frame by frame...
August 9, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791344/t-cell-inhibition-by-pogostone-from-pogostemon%C3%A2-cablin-blanco-benth-in%C3%A2-vitro-and-in%C3%A2-vivo-immunosuppressive-analysis
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Jiyan Su, Jingjin He, Ziren Su, Lian Zhou, Yaoying Zeng, Xiaoping Lai, Yucui Li
Various plant-derived compounds exhibit immunosuppressive activity in pre‑clinical investigations, suggesting that they may serve as natural alternatives for the prevention of inflammatory disorders and autoimmune diseases. The aim of the current study was to explore the immunosuppressive potential of pogostone (PO) derived from Pogostemon cablin (Blanco) Benth. Carboxyfluorescein diacetate succinimidyl ester‑labeled cell tracking demonstrated that PO (20‑80 µM) inhibited Concanavalin A (ConA)‑stimulated lymphocyte proliferation, which was mediated by G0/G1 phase arrest and accompanied by significant decreases in the expression of CD69 (early‑stage activation marker) and CD25 (mid‑stage activation marker) in T cells, as indicated by flow cytometry analysis...
August 2, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791256/in-vivo-host-pathogen-interaction-as-revealed-by-global-proteomic-profiling-of-zebrafish-larvae
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Francisco Díaz-Pascual, Javiera Ortíz-Severín, Macarena A Varas, Miguel L Allende, Francisco P Chávez
The outcome of a host-pathogen interaction is determined by the conditions of the host, the pathogen, and the environment. Although numerous proteomic studies of in vitro-grown microbial pathogens have been performed, in vivo proteomic approaches are still rare. In addition, increasing evidence supports that in vitro studies inadequately reflect in vivo conditions. Choosing the proper host is essential to detect the expression of proteins from the pathogen in vivo. Numerous studies have demonstrated the suitability of zebrafish (Danio rerio) embryos as a model to in vivo studies of Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790977/micro-and-nano-vesicles-from-first-trimester-human-placentae-carry-flt-1-and-levels-are-increased-in-severe-preeclampsia
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Mancy Tong, Qi Chen, Joanna L James, Peter R Stone, Lawrence W Chamley
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Preeclampsia is a life-threatening hypertensive disease affecting 3-5% of pregnancies. While the pathogenesis of preeclampsia remains unclear, it is known that placenta-derived factors trigger the disease by activating maternal endothelial cells prior to the onset of clinical symptoms. Extracellular vesicles (EVs) of different sizes extruded by the placenta may be one factor. The truncated/secreted form of Flt-1 (sFlt-1) has also been implicated in the pathogenesis of preeclampsia...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790928/enhanced-right-chamber-remodeling-in-endurance-ultra-trail-athletes-compared-to-marathon-runners-detected-by-standard-and-speckle-tracking-echocardiography
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Kristian Ujka, Luca Bastiani, Gennaro D'Angelo, Bruna Catuzzo, Alessandro Tonacci, Simona Mrakic-Sposta, Alessandra Vezzoli, Guido Giardini, Lorenza Pratali
Background: Strenuous and endurance exercise training have been associated with morphological and functional heart remodeling. Two-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography (STE) is a novel technique that allows an accurate quantification of global myocardium deformation. Our aim was to evaluate together left and right cardiac remodeling in different long-distance running athletes: marathon runners (42 km) (M) and endurance mountain runners (>300 Km) (UT). Methods: A total of 92 athletes (70 males, 76%) including 47 M [age 45 ± 7 years; training: 18 (9-53) years(*)days/week], 45 UT [age 42 ± 9, training: 30 (15-66) years(*)days/week] underwent conventional echocardiography and STE (Beyond Diogenes 2...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790379/discovery-and-ramifications-of-incidental-magn%C3%A3-li-phase-generation-and-release-from-industrial-coal-burning
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Yi Yang, Bo Chen, James Hower, Michael Schindler, Christopher Winkler, Jessica Brandt, Richard Di Giulio, Jianping Ge, Min Liu, Yuhao Fu, Lijun Zhang, Yuru Chen, Shashank Priya, Michael F Hochella
Coal, as one of the most economic and abundant energy sources, remains the leading fuel for producing electricity worldwide. Yet, burning coal produces more global warming CO2 relative to all other fossil fuels, and it is a major contributor to atmospheric particulate matter known to have a deleterious respiratory and cardiovascular impact in humans, especially in China and India. Here we have discovered that burning coal also produces large quantities of otherwise rare Magnéli phases (Ti x O2x-1 with 4 ≤ x ≤ 9) from TiO2 minerals naturally present in coal...
August 8, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783732/correction-of-aberrant-growth-preserves-tissue-homeostasis
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Samara Brown, Cristiana M Pineda, Tianchi Xin, Jonathan Boucher, Kathleen C Suozzi, Sangbum Park, Catherine Matte-Martone, David G Gonzalez, Julie Rytlewski, Slobodan Beronja, Valentina Greco
Cells in healthy tissues acquire mutations with surprising frequency. Many of these mutations are associated with abnormal cellular behaviours such as differentiation defects and hyperproliferation, yet fail to produce macroscopically detectable phenotypes. It is currently unclear how the tissue remains phenotypically normal, despite the presence of these mutant cells. Here we use intravital imaging to track the fate of mouse skin epithelium burdened with varying numbers of activated Wnt/β-catenin stem cells...
August 2, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783715/fully-automatic-left-ventricular-myocardial-strain-estimation-in-2d-short-axis-tagged-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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Pedro Morais, Sandro Queirós, Brecht Heyde, Jan Engvall, Jan D 'hooge, João L Vilaça
Cardiovascular diseases are among the leading causes of death and frequently result in local myocardial dysfunction. Among the numerous imaging modalities available to detect these dysfunctional regions, cardiac deformation imaging through tagged magnetic resonance imaging (t-MRI) has been an attractive approach. Nevertheless, fully automatic analysis of these data sets is still challenging. In this work, we present a fully automatic framework to estimate left ventricular myocardial deformation from t-MRI. This strategy performs automatic myocardial segmentation based on B-spline explicit active surfaces, which are initialized using an annular model...
August 7, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783626/fast-and-fully-automatic-left-ventricular-segmentation-and-tracking-in-echocardiography-using-shape-based-b-spline-explicit-active-surfaces
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Joao Pedrosa, Sandro Queiros, Olivier Bernard, Jan Engvall, Thor Edvardsen, Eike Nagel, Jan Dhooge
Cardiac volume/function assessment remains a critical step in daily cardiology and 3D ultrasound plays an increasingly important role. Fully automatic left ventricular segmentation is, however, a challenging task due to the artifacts and low contrast-to-noise ratio of ultrasound imaging. In the present work, a fast and fully automatic framework for full cycle endocardial left ventricle segmentation is proposed. This approach couples the advantages of the B-spline explicit active surfaces framework, a purely image information approach, to those of statistical shape models to give prior information about the expected shape for an accurate segmentation...
August 2, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782932/visualization-of-colloidal-nanocrystal-formation-and-electrode-electrolyte-interfaces-in-liquids-using-tem
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Zhiyuan Zeng, Wenjing Zheng, Haimei Zheng
Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) has become a powerful analytical tool for addressing unique scientific problems in chemical sciences as well as in materials sciences and other disciplines. There has been a lot of recent interest in the development and applications of liquid phase environmental TEM. In this Account, we review the development and applications of liquid cell TEM for the study of dynamic phenomena at liquid-solid interfaces, focusing on two areas: (1) nucleation, growth, and self-assembly of colloidal nanocrystals and (2) electrode-electrolyte interfaces during charge and discharge processes...
August 7, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782732/nanoporous-au-ag-shell-with-fast-kinetics-integrating-chemical-and-plasmonic-catalysis
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Wenpeng Yang, Ke Wu, Weimin Yang, Hailing Wang, Xianglong Lv, Lihua Qian, Tianshui Yu, Zengquan Li, Xiangji Zhou, Godfrey Okumu Barasa, S L Yuan, Yingtao Jiang, Zhilin Yang
Nanoporous noble metals and alloys are widely utilized as efficient catalysts, because they have high surface-to-volume ratios for surfficient active sites and induce molecule polarization through plasmon excitation as well. Herein we demonstrate one approach to fabricate nanoporous Au-Ag shell. Such material represents the dual functions serving as efficient catalysts and high-performance surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrate. In-situ spectrum acquisition can track the conversion of p-nitrothiophenol to 4, 4'-dimercapto-azobenzene at ambient temperature...
August 7, 2017: Nanotechnology
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